Island Hop Volunteer And Travel! All In One Experience! Participants On This Program Will Be Working During Their First Week At The Santa Rosa Reserve In Sta. Cruz Island Doing Conservation Work. During Their Second Week Participants Will Be In San Cristobal Island Working With Community Conservation And Social Projects. You Will End Your Program In The Fascinating Island Of Isabella - Visiting The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center Las Tintorera Islet (White-Tip Sharks) And More!
Participants Must Arrive To Quito On Sundays. Volunteers Will Meet At The Airport And Be Taken To The Hostel In Quito. On Monday Volunteers Will Be Met By Lead Staff And Taken To The Office. At The Office The Volunteer Will Receive A Comprehensive Orientation About Ecuador And The Program Itself. On Tuesday Morning A Transfer Will Be Arranged For The Participants To The Airport. Volunteers Will Fly To Baltra Airport (North Of Sta. Cruz Island). In Sta. Cruz The Projects Staff Will Meet Participants. From Here On Your Experience In The Beautiful Galapagos Island Will Start! Learn More By Visiting Our Website.
Optional Activities - For An Extra Charge And In Your Free Time Explore The Different Activities That The Islands Have To Offer:
Island Hop! Start At Espanola Island And Enjoy Natural Wonder After Natural Wonder From The Immense Blowhole To The Thousands Of Nesting Blue-Footed Boobies To The World'S Largest Waved Albatross Colony. Continue To Floreana Island And See Flamingos! Enjoy Black Tortuga Bay On Sta. Cruz And Witness A Mangrove Maze Chock Full Of Sharks Rays And Sea Turtles.
If You Are A Diving Fan The Galapagos Is A Unique World-Class Diving Location. This Underwater World Is Still Private Pristine And Relatively Unexplored. It Is Not The Coral Reefs That Are The Main Attraction But Rather The Unique Mixture Of Marine Animals And Their Fearlessness Of Intruders Into Their Watery World. You Will Be Diving Next To Sea Turtles Manta Rays Penguins Sea Lions Dolphins And Numerous Species Of Shark Including Hammerheads And Whale Sharks. There Are Also Hundreds Of Species Of Tropical Reef Fish Many Of Which Are Particular To This Fantastic Underwater Sanctuary.
Visit The Charles Darwin Foundation In Sta. Cruz. This Is An International Non-Profit Research Organization Dedicated To Providing Scientific Research Technical Assistance And Information To Ensure Conservation Success In Galapagos.
Volunteer Galapagos! 3 Weeks 3 Islands! Have The Experience Of A Lifetime!
Week 1 - Santa Cruz/Galapagos Foundation Conservation Projects
Week 2 - San Cristobal/Conservation Station
Week 3 - Isabella/ Isabella Tour Operatorvolcan Sierra Negra Volcan Chico Las Tintoreras And More!
The Foundation Is A Non-Profit Non-Governmental Organization With No Political Or Religious Affiliation That Was Created In 2001. It Works With Professionals With An Interest In Solidarity And Social Issues The Majority Of Whom Are Residents Of Galapagos And Committed To The Future Of The Islands. The Foundation Works With The Galapagos Community Using Alternative And Responsible Approaches To Strive For Sustainable Development.
San Cristobal Station
The Biological Station Is Located In The Highlands Of San Cristobal Island 45 Minutes By Truck From Puerto Baquerizo Moreno On A 200 Hectares Site Where There Is Still Native Vegetation.
The Native Vegetation Consists Of Miconias Ferns And Other Native Herbacious Species. The Reserve Is Mainly An Organic Agricultural And Habitat Restoration Project.
Participants Will Be Performing Tourists Activities During Their Time In This Island.
Week 1. Santa Cruz:
Arrival: Tuesday (Reception At The Canal Visit Los Gemelos And Primicias Station Where You Can Watch Galapagos Giant Tortoise In Their Wildlife State!).
Tuesday Afternoon Visit The Charles Darwing Station And Breading Center Santa Cruz Night At Pto. Ayora. Overnight In The Hotel (Meals Included).
Wednesday Morning Visit Tortuga Bay Beach Which Is One Of The Most Pristine White Sanded Beaches In Galapagos In The Afternoon Tour Through The Academy Bay. During The Trip You Can Observe The Diversity Of The Underwater World And With A Little Bit Of Luck See Some Of The Bigger Inhabitants Of The Ocean Like Marine Turtles White Tipped Reef Sharks Or Manta Rays Overnight At The Hotel.
Thursday Morning Orientation At The Foundation Offices In Pto Ayora And Starting At The Project At The Same Day. Overnight In The Project
Friday: Project. Overnight There
Saturday Leave The Project After Lunch; Spend The Night At The Hostel In Town.
Sunday: Free Day To Explore The Island.
Departure: Monday (To San Cristobal) At 2:00Pm.
*Meals Are Included From Tuesday Through Monday.
The Activities That Participants Will Be Performing Are The Following:
Production Of Native And Endemic Species
Removal Of Foreign Plant Species
Production Of Compost And Organic Fertilizers
Care Of Domestic Animals
Monitoring Of Giant Tortoises Depends The Season Of The Year ( 3 Months Per Year And Depending On The Foundation Planning).There Is No Guarantee That Volunteers Will Work In This Subproject.
Week 2. San Cristobal
Arrival: Monday At 4.30Pm At You Arrival You Will Take A Taxi To Go To The Station (Travel Time 45Min)
Friday: You Leave In The Morning The Station And Then You Have The Day Free To Explore The Island Spend The Night At The Hotel In The Town.
Saturday: Day Free To Explore The Islands
Departure Sunday Morning: 7:00Am To Santa Cruz Arriving At 9:00Am Then At 2:00Pm Departure From Santa Cruz To Isabella Arriving At 4:30Pm Night At The Hostel.
Meals Are Not Included On Friday Saturday And Sunday
Volunteers Will Work At The Following Activities:
Reforestation With Native And Endemic Species In The Reserve And In Local Farms (Collecting Seeds Classifying Seeds Nursery Work Planting Within The Reserve Or Nearby Reserve Help Maintain Reforestation Lines Etc.)
Environmental Education With Local People And Schools.
Station Maintenance (Trail Maintenance Sign Elaboration For Trails Basic Construction Activities Help Clean Fresh Water Supply Help In Kitchen Etc.)
Organic Agricultural Activities And Vegetable Production (Help Maintain And Secure Food Production For The Station).
Guided Hike Throughout Reserve And/Or Nearby Related Areas (Learn About Biodiversity Themes Natural History & Ecology).
There Are Also Miniprojects Where Volunteers Can Participate But Because Of The Amount Of Work That Is Needed At The Station With The Above Mentioned Projects Volunteers Cannot Dedicate Entire Days To The Miniprojects: Petrels Observation: Nests Finding Clearing Around The Nests To Facilitate The Mothers Entrance Birds Behaviour.
Fenology Studies And Flora Inventories: Observation And Classification Of Native Endemic And Invasive Species.
Birds Observation At The Reserve To Determine If They Are Native Endemic Or Invasive.
Germination Project: Determine The Most Effective Method For Germination In Vegetable Production And Other Species.
Coffee Production To See The Possibility Of Exportation Coffee.
Week 3: Isabella
Arrival: Sunday 4.30Pm
Departure: Saturday Back To Santa Cruz To Catch Flight From Baltra Back To Quito
*If There Are No Flights Available For Return To Quito On Saturday Lead Will Arrange Them For Friday.
Sunday: Travel To Isabella By Speedboat; Get To Know One Of The Most Pristine Islands In Galapagos! Check In At A Family Hostel.
Monday: Guided Visit To The Isabella Giant Tortoise Breeding Center And Wall Of Tears
Tuesday: Tintoreras Islet Tour. From The Wharf You Will Board A Speedboat That Will Take You For A Ride Around The Bay Or The Small Island Of Las Tintoreras (Whitefin Sharks). From Here You Will Be Able To See Penguins Sharks Bluelegged Piqueros Pelicans Iguanas And Sea Lions. There Will Be Some Time To Snorkel (Snorkel Gear Included) And You Will Be Able To Get A Great View Of The Different Variety Of Fish In The Area.
Wednesday: Volcano Tour. In This Tour Participants Can Admire The Beautiful Landscape And The Different Lava Formations Produced By The Most Recent Eruptions.
Thursday: Free Day To Enjoy The Islandsnorkel With Sea Lions At Concha Perla Lay On The Beach Watch Flamingos And More!
Friday: Free Day To Enjoy The Islandsnorkel With Sea Lions At Concha Perla Lay On The Beach Watch Flamingos And More! Book Extra Tours
Saturday: Early Departure To Santa Cruz To Catch Your Flight Back To Quito.
Qualifications: No Qualification Is Needed!
Travel Types :
Cost In Us$: 1590 For 3Week Program. Flight Quitogalapagos 435. Or Name Your Budget And Get A Special Program Contact Us For More Info.
Activities Described Above
Experience Required: No
Volunteer Types :
This Program Is Open To Worldwide Participants. This Program Is Also Open To Families Couples And Individuals
Typical Living Arrangements :
Participants Travel To Ecuador Independently
Typically Participants Work In Groups
Application Process Involves:
Online Application Plus Application Assessment
Postprogram Services Include:
Exit Debriefing Abroad
Job And Internship Network
Lead Adventures Ecuador'S Mission Statement: Since Its Creation In 2004 Lead Adventures Has Been Extremely Successful Launching Programs In Ecuador And The Galapagos Islands And Establishing Mutually Beneficial Partnerships Abroad. Our Programs Are Targeted To Young Minded People From All Over The World That Want To Experience The Great Destinations Ecuador And South America Have To Offer.
Year Founded: 2004.
Package Includes :
Cost Include Description:
Flight from Quito to Sta. Cruz (if purchased through Lead Adventures at an extra cost)
Pick up transfer on arrival from the airport at the beginning of your program
Two nights in Quito on arrival
Comprehensive Orientation in Quito
Transfer from hostel in Quito to airport for the Galapagos flight
Reception at the airport in Sta. Cruz (Baltra Canal)
Accommodation and meals as described above
Boat transfers: Santa CruzSan Cristobal, San CristobalSanta Cruz, Santa CruzIsabella
One night accommodation in a hostel in Quito on arrival from Galapagos
Transfer from hostel in Quito to airport for international departure
Contact Person :-
Mr Esteban Ludena
Mariscal Foch, E8-42, Planta Alta, Y Av 6 De Diciembre, Quito